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20 Warning Signs Your Parent Needs Help at Home

Noticing some things that seem out-of-the ordinary for your parents? What is “normal” and what indicates something might be awry? The list below, sourced from, may help begin an important conversation.

Here are signs that may indicate your parent needs help at home:

• Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away
• Missing important appointments
• Unexplained bruising
• Trouble getting up from a seated position
• Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
• Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
• Forgetfulness
• Unpleasant body odor
• Infrequent showering and bathing
• Strong smell of urine in the house
• Noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care
• Dirty house, extreme clutter and dirty laundry piling up
• Stacks of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox
• Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from bill collectors
• Poor diet or weight loss
• Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
• Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
• Forgetting to take medications – or taking more than the prescribed dosage
• Diagnosis of dementia or early onset of Alzheimers
• Unexplained dents and scratches on a car

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